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Publication numberUS2534469 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 19, 1950
Filing dateOct 28, 1947
Priority dateOct 28, 1947
Publication numberUS 2534469 A, US 2534469A, US-A-2534469, US2534469 A, US2534469A
InventorsMoore Charlie A
Original AssigneeMoore Charlie A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bait retaining fishhook
US 2534469 A
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INVENTOR. CHARLIE A. MOORE Trae/vins' Dec. 19, 1950 c. A. MOORE BAIT RETAINING FISHHOOK Filed Oct. 28, 1947 Patented Dec. 19, 1,950

UNITED STATES PATENT oFFIcr BAI'I' RETAINING FISHHOOK Charlie Af Moore, Victoria, Tex. Application October 28, 1947, Serial No. 782,599

2 Claims. Cl. l11i-44.8)

This invention relates to an improved fish hook, and more particularly to a unitary multi-pointed hook structure adapted to retain the bait in a position to assure that a sh will encounter one of the points in approaching the bait from any side, and to prevent slipping of the bait from the hook when a iish bites above the point of the same.

The invention has for its chief object the provision of a multi-pointed hook structure having shank portions arranged to surround the bait to hold the same securely in position centrally of the points of the hook and acting as a guard to prevent the bait from being stripped from the hook by a fish or through engagement with objects in the water during trolling operation or the reeling in of the sh line.

A further object of the invention is to provide a sh hook of the character referred to having means for preventing the bait from slipping off the shank of a hook, or being shaken therefrom in thecasting of the lines.

A still further object of the invention is the provision of a multi-pointed sh hook structure of the type mentioned, which is of simple design and rugged structure, capable of withstanding the rough usage to which such an article is likely to be subjected.

With the above and other objects in view, the invention comprises, briey stated, a unitary structure formed by joining the shanks of a number of hooks adjacent their upper ends, the mid-portions of the shanks being spaced apart and arranged to receive and retain the bait between them.

The invention will best be understood from the following description, constituting a specilication of the same, when taken in conjunction with the annexed drawings, wherein:

Figure 1 is a side elevational view of an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 2 is a front elevational View of the same.

Figure 3 is a plan view of the same, showing the arrangement of the hooks.

Referring to the drawings in greater detail the invention comprises a unitary structure made up of several hooks I, 2, and 3 arranged at intervals about the central portion of the unit with the points extending generally outwardly and upwardly therefrom. The hooks 2 and 3 may be conveniently formed of one piece of material with the shanks 4 and 5 joined by an upwardly extending eye 1.

The Shanks 4 and 5 are preferably bent inwardly at their upper ends to form arms 9 and I0, and upwardly to form the shank portion I2 of the unit.

The shank I3 of the hook I extends upwardly beyond the arms 9 and I0 and is joined at its upper end to the shank portion I2, as indicated at I4. At a point near the lower end of the shank I3 a barb I5 may be provided ior'a purpose later to be made apparent.

The Shanks 4, 5, and I3 may be spaced apart a greater distance at their upper ends than at their lower ends, so that they converge slightly downwardly to assist in retaining the bait when the same is inserted in the unit,

It will be understood that any number of hooks can be arranged in the manner described above, and the hooks may be of the same or widely different sizes and styles, depending upon the particular conditionsl under which the unit is intended to be used, the kind of sh it is desired to catch, or the particular bait employed. The invention is therefore, not to be limited to the particular details of construction shown in the drawing but is capable of various changes in the proportions and arrangements of the various parts. Thus, one or all of the Shanks of the hook may be provided with barbs similar to the barb I5 described, and the barbs may be positioned at various locations throughout the lengths of the Shanks.

In making use of the unitary bait-retaining hook structure as described above, the same is attached to a shing line by the eye 1. The bait is then inserted between the converging Shanks of the unit where it will be securely held in position by the pressure of the Shanks, and by engagement with the barb I5 when the saine is provided.

The embodiment of the invention illustrated in the drawing is particularly adapted for use with live bait in the form of minnows. In applying such bait to the unit the point of the hook I is inserted in the side of the minnow near its head and forced toward the tail generally parallel with the back-bone of the iish, and the bait is moved head-foremost to a position between the shanks of the hook with the point of the hook I emerging from the minnow near its tail.

When brought to this position the barb I5 functions to prevent the bait from slipping downwardly out of the unit, and in addition the pressure exerted on the bait by the downward convergence of the Shanks acts to securely maintain the same in adjusted position.

As indicated in dotted lines in Figures 1 and 2 of the drawing, a minnow positioned in the unit as thus described, has its tail extending beyond the lower end of the unit so that the tail will move in a natural fashion as the bait is moved through the water. Furthermore, the uniform distribution of the hook points about the bait and the engagement of the Shanks therewith makes it impossible for the bait to be stripped from the unit by a fish without getting caught on one of the hooks. By reason of the arrangement of the arms 9 and I0, at the upper ends of.'

the Shanks 4 and 5, extending radially outwardly from the center of the unit, the bait is protected from engagement with objects in the watervscjv Having thus clearly shown and described the invention, what is claimed` as new and desire to secure by LettersPat'ent is:

l. A bait retaining fish hook comprising a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart shank members converging at one end for disposition about. g, bait longitudinally engaged on one of said` shank membersr upwardly directed hook members on the convergent ends of said shank members, and inwardly directed arms on certain of said shank members at the divergent ends, and means securing the inner ends of said arms together and to the upper end of the remaining shank member.

2. A bait retaining sh hook comprising a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart shank members converging at one end for disposition about a bait longitudinally engaged between said shank members, upwardly directed hook members on the convergent ends of said shank membersr and inwardly directed arms on certain of said shank members at the divergent ends, means securing the inner ends of said arms together and to the upper end of the remaining shank member, and an upwardly directed barb on at least` oneA of said shank members intermediate the length thereof.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 13,649 Johnson Oct. 9, 1855 754,349 Scottv Mar. 8, 1904 2,051,651 Pachner et al. Aug. 18, 1936 2,193,103 Kowalski` Mar. 12, 1940

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U.S. Classification43/44.8, 43/44.82
International ClassificationA01K83/00, A01K83/06
Cooperative ClassificationA01K83/06
European ClassificationA01K83/06